Fried pickles are a snack food found commonly in the American South. They are made by deep-frying sliced battered dill pickles. Back in the late 90's fried pickles were not found at all in the Midwest, or at least in Minnesota, until 3 high school friends started selling them at the MN State Fair as The Preferred Pickle. The people of the Midwest enjoyed fried pickles to the extent those 3 same friends started manufacturing the product under KWF Foods and began selling product to the Food Service industry. Now it is not uncommon to find fried pickles on many menus across the Midwest.
Fried dill pickles were popularized by Bernell "Fatman" Austin in 1963 at the Duchess Drive In located in Atkins, Arkansas. The Fatman's Recipe is only known to his family and used once each year at the annual Picklefest in Atkins, held each May. The recipe for Fried pickle at Wikibooks is a general one.
Fried pickles are served at food festivals and menus of individual and chain restaurants throughout the United States and elsewhere. They can be eaten as an appetizer or as an accompaniment to other dishes. Fried pickles are frequently served with a ranch or other creamy sauce for dipping.
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